New Directions for Research in Foreign Language Education brings together contributions by reputed scholars that examine the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of teaching and learning foreign languages. With a particular focus on languages other than English, the book looks at the socio-political dimension of language learning and teaching and the need to re-theorize multilingualism for our age. The volume includes a range of perspectives, from language teaching as an act of reconciliation to language learning across the lifespan, from innovations in assessment and curriculum to critical appraisals of pedagogy and textbook materials. Each chapter presents a clear case study drawn from diverse contexts to illustrate the different concerns of the contributors. The book is a valuable resource for all students, teachers, teacher educators and researchers who share an interest in researching multilingualism and the different facets of teaching and learning foreign languages.
Table of Contents
PART 1: Changing rationales for language study
- Navigating precarious territory: Teaching Turkish in Greek-Cypriot classrooms
- Language learning as opportunity across the life span
- Foreign language teaching for citizenship development
- Not English but English-within-multilingualism
- ‘Glocal languages’: The ‘globalness’ and the ‘localness’ of world languages
- L2 learning outside the classroom: new directions for research on intercultural interactions during study abroad
- French language textbooks as ideologically imbued cultural artefacts: Political economy, neoliberalism and (self) branding
- The need for new directions in modern foreign language teaching at English secondary schools
- Developing competence for French as a foreign language within a plurilingual paradigm
- Assessing the diverse linguistic and cultural repertoires of students of diverse languages
- Embedding the assessment into the learning: a new direction for high-stakes speaking assessments
- Toward an educational policy for U.S. collegiate foreign language instruction:
Panayiota Charalambous, Constadina Charalambous and Ben Rampton
PART 2: Foreign language study for global multilingualism
PART 3: Critical perspectives in the classroom
David Block and John Gray
Ursula Wingate and Nick Andon
PART 4: Innovations in policy and practice
Simon Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages Education at King’s College London, UK. He is joint editor of the Language Learning Journal.
Ursula Wingate is Senior Lecturer in Language in Education and works in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London, UK.
"This book focuses on the challenges of teaching languages other than English, in varied contemporary contexts. It presents a stimulating selection of rationales, critiques and innovative proposals for curriculum and assessment, which will help professionals at all levels to reassess their practices and engage constructively with today’s diverse students."
Rosamond Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, UK